They carved a road through the rock walls


guoliang roadWhen Chinese government demurred on the multi-million dollar road construction, 13 men from the isolated Guoliang village took matters into their own hands.

Guoliang Tunnel 19They sold their livestock to buy hammers and chisels. Without civil engineering, they took five years to chip their way through almost a mile of solid rock. The resulting road — 15 feet high and 12 feet wide — opened the remote and inaccessible village to tourism and saved the town, but one of the original 13 lost his life in the construction.

guoliangRoadIt was a good thing they didn’t realize that what they wished to do was “impossible” for villagers lacking power tools and proper training. By having faith in their dreams, they defied the naysayers and gambled everything on their future. The wager — and the work — paid off.

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9 responses to “They carved a road through the rock walls

  1. The same thing happened in the Columbia River Gorge in the very early days, they also craved a road through the rock!!

    I live in the Columbia River Gorge Area, in Troutdale Oregon!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom Everyone,

    Kristi Ann

  2. There are some roads like that in Japan, too.

  3. Wow where can I go to read more about this?

  4. Amazing story! “It was a good thing they didn’t realize that what they wished to do was “impossible”” what a powerful and potentially life changing statement!! I will have to research and read this in its entirety. What inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    Be A Blessing!

    LaTrice

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